By Nicholas Godfrey 11:53PM 17 SEP 2016
Report: Canada, Saturday
Woodbine (Toronto): Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Grade 1) 1m, turf, 3yo+
ROYAL ASCOT winner Tepin (Mark Casse/Julien Leparoux) is too good for her rivals in the $ 1 million Woodbine Mile, where Mutakayyef is third.
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Also on Saturday
Woodbine (Toronto): Northern Dancer Turf (Grade 1) 1m4f, turf, 3yo+
Last year’s Arlington Million winner The Pizza Man (Roger Brueggemann/Flavien Prat) landed another big prize when getting the best of a three-way finish from fellow Grade 1 scorers Wake Forest and World Approval.
On rain-softened turf, Julien Leparoux was able to ‘walk the dog’ by setting a funereal pace on lone speed horse World Approval, which meant those closest to the front were clearly favoured.
Popular Chicago-based turf veteran The Pizza Man, who stalked the pace throughout, stuck his head between his rivals to score by a neck for his first victory of 2016.
Unsuited by the moderate fractions, the David Simcock-trained Majeed did well to claim fourth after racing at the rear and being asked to sprint home wide in the stretch.
Woodbine: Canadian Stakes (Grade 2) 1m1f, turf, 3yo+ f/m
A one-two for North America’s leading turf trainer Chad Brown, but not in the expected order as 9-2 chance Rainha Da Bateria (Julien Leparoux) just holds a late challenge from the favourite Dacita.
French-trained Steip Amach was never a factor, finishing fifth of seven in this $ 300,000 event, a ‘Win and You’re In’ Race for the Breeders’ Cup Challenge, offering a guaranteed start in the Filly & Mare Turf.
Belmont Park (USA): Sands Point Stakes (Grade 2) 1m1f, turf, 3yo fillies
Odds-on favourite On Leave (Shug McGaughey/Irad Ortiz) was left alone in the lead and never looked in danger of defeat after she sprinted to a clear lead in the straight to claim this $ 500,000 event. Irish-trained Diamond Fields came home nicely to take second place.
Churchill Downs (USA): Iroquois Stakes (Grade 3) 1m½f, dirt, 2yo
A hugely impressive performance from 9-5 favourite Not This Time (Dale Romans/Robby Albarado), a son of Giant’s Causeway who powered away from a field full of previous winners to score by nearly nine lengths at a muddy Churchill – and this after messing up the start. Surely the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile must be beckoning.